Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Academic Affairs

2021 Diversity Reading Groups

Join the Conversation!

Open to all faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
One lunchtime a week in October.

Our annual Diversity Reading Groups offer a range of great reading opportunities in the month of October designed to invite every member of the Loyola community into shared conversations about diversity and inclusion. In this way, the Diversity Reading Groups support and sustain ongoing conversations around racial justice and feminism, masculinity, higher education and slavery, colonization, religion, and how to take action against oppression—on our campus and beyond. Last year we had over 150 participants Can you help us deepen the conversation by joining and bringing a few friends??

This year, we have groups that will meet virtually, in-person, or in a hybrid format (i.e., your choice: you can attend in person or online at your discretion).

Academic Affairs will provide complimentary books. We are offering participants two options:

  • Kindle version (e-book)
  • Hard Copy (in-person pick up only)

To make sure all participants receive their books on time, we encourage participants to sign up for a group by Thursday, Sept. 16. Your books are being purchased locally, at independent bookstores.

To sign up, choose one of the groups below and send your selection to academicequity@loyola.edu. Please include how you would like to receive your book.

Mondays

Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces, by Karen Catlin

Moderated by Janine Holc
Noon-1 p.m.
Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25
Virtual

Genocidal Love: A Life after Residential School, by Bevann Fox

Moderated by Helen Aberle, Sean Bray, and Stephanie Flores-Koulish
Noon-1 p.m.
Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25
Virtual

Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities, by Craig Steven Wilder

Moderated by Greta Brueck, Emily Kane, and Rodney Parker
Noon-1 p.m.
Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25
Virtual

Tuesdays

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That A Movement Forgot, by Mikki Kendall

Moderated by Emalee Quickel and Karsonya Wise Whitehead
Noon-1 p.m.
Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26
In-person (Sellinger VIP Lounge)

Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity, by Justin Baldoni

Moderated by Christopher Turner
Noon-1 p.m.
Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26
Hybrid (College Center Conference Room 114)

Wednesdays

Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory, by Claudio Saunt

Moderated by Amanda Konradi and Barry Dalrymple
1-2 p.m.
Oct. 6, 13, 20, and 27
In-person (Student Center E317 Meeting Room)

Thursdays

Caste: The Origins of our Discontent, by Isabel Wilkerson 

Moderated by James Snow, Sarah Ingle, and Suzanne Keilson
Noon-1 p.m.
Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28
Virtual

Fridays

White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America, by Khyati Joshi 

Moderated by Nicole Riebe and Brandon Muncy
Noon – 1 p.m., In-person (College Center Conference Room 113)
Oct. 8, 15, 22, and 29

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla Saad* 

Moderated by Patricia Bryan and Jason Prenoveau 
Noon-1 p.m.
Oct. 8, 15, 22, and 29
Virtual

*This book involves a 28-day journaling challenge designed for people with white privilege to examine their racist thoughts and behaviors. Layla F. Saad (the author) says that this work “is for any person who holds white privilege” meaning “persons who are visually identifiable as white or who pass for white.” Regarding book circles to discuss the book and the 28-day journaling challenge, she also says: “If BIPOC want to attend the circle, they may do so. However, they should not be expected to do the journaling work, support the emotional processing, or be called upon to teach or explain if they do not wish to do so.” While all members of the Loyola community are welcome to attend this Diversity Reading Group, we thought this was important for individuals considering whether or not to join this reading group to know.